Copyright © 1995-2021 Michael P. Murray & Mike's Clock Clinic Mike's Clock Clinic Memberships: NAWCC 1600 Maryland Avenue Myrtle Point, OR 97458-1508 Phone: 541-559-1090
Please do NOT call or E-mail unless you have read this entire Web pageE-mail address: Mike@telechron.us (Preferred contact method) My main Web site is located at http://www.atmosman.com/ Main FTP site is located at http://home.earthlink.net/~atmosman/earthpdf.html
Telechron, G.E., and Revere "Time Only" electric clocks.Assuming that you send the entire clock and it only needs rotor service and the clock is a time only then the costs are $200.00, which is $100.00 for the rotor service and $50.00 for labor and $50.00 for shipping. For the "B-2" rotor the costs are $250.00, which is $150.00 for the rotor service and $50.00 for labor and $50.00 for shipping or $30.00 if it is a small mantel clock. The rotor rebuilding or replacement takes care of the clock's problems about 80% of the time. Shipping for an individual rotor or coil or together is the same $15.00. Complete rotor rebuilding information is located at: http://www.telechron.us/rotor.html If your Telechron, Revere or G.E. is a time only, meaning that it does not strike or chime, then it would take an "H-3" rotor or a "B-2" rotor. Any 3.6 RPM "H-3" original copper and nickel rotor replacement cost is $100.00. A "B-2" rotor costs $150.00 to rebuild. A Time Only includes electric alarm clocks. Unfortunately many old Telechron, Revere and G.E. electric clocks have had the rotor replaced prior and therefore will not contain original parts. I can restore to originality or I can repair what is currently there, your choice. If your "H" rotor is aluminum it is far too fragile for rebuilding and I substitute a copper and nickel "H" rotor at an additional $50.00 for a total of $150.00 plus $15.00 priority mail (Canada is $40.00), which brings your total cost to $165.00. Another problem area is the coil. In all cases the clock has a coil and if needed that is $125.00. These are most always 2 watt's. 2 watt coils cost $125.00. About 5% of clock problems has to do with the coil. To determine whether or not you need a coil, you can take a Multimeter or Volt/Ohm meter, these are less than $10.00 at any hardware store, and with no current on the motor, set the meter to Ohms and touch the two leads to the end of the wires or the posts where the wires connect and see if you get a reading. Just about any reading is a good one and if you can see the coil #, that represents the Ohm reading so if your coil is a # 60 coil then you should get about 60 or 600 ohms depending on the setting of the meter. Some have indicated to me a fear of the clock shorting out or becoming a fire hazard. If that's the case then purchase a power strip and only plug the clock into it. This way you have a fuse to stop an overload before it feeds back into your household or office wiring. Honestly, I have never heard of an electric clock causing a fire but putting in a power strip may ease some fears. For non Telechron "motored" clock, then the service would be for a clock motor and that can be handled as well, with motor rebuilding costing $150.00 with all else staying the same. Please be sure to double box the clock and insure it for at least $200. By double box I mean to pack the 1st and 2nd boxes as if you were going to ship each independent from the other one. Be sure to pack your clock well with minimal tape because when I unpack I try to save your packing material and a lot of packing tape prevents me from recycling. Please be sure to ask for 100% biodegradable packing peanuts or purchase them yourself. Please do NOT use shredded paper because it is extremely messy and drives me crazy. If you send the entire clock then to reduce your shipping costs ship via UPS be sure that the 2nd box measures is as small as possible but remember to allow for packing material around the inner box. Eco Box is an on-line business in Texas that allows you to order as little as one box. So if you're having difficult securing the correct size boxes, then you have another resource. My turnaround is 4 to 6 weeks for motor/rotor service, 6 to 8 months if the clock is sent with the motor/rotor, or the movement is overhauled and expedited service adds $100.00 for rotor only service and doubles the labor on the movement overhaul. Expedited service take about 2 weeks for motor/rotor service, one month if the clock is sent with motor/rotor. Sending rotors, coils, or complete motors, you can use any small shipping box. The movement will tell me if it needs work once the rotor rebuilding is finished and I always clean and lubricate the movement before testing starts, so as to eliminate dirt and a lack of lubrication from preventing the clock functioning properly. Your problem could also be the caused by wear in the movement (mechanism) from usage. About 15% of the time this is necessary and this would require an overhaul. An overhaul on a time only electric is $300.00 plus $30.00 shipping. The movement overhaul does NOT include the rotor or coil, so that would be added to the cost of the overhaul and that would be the worse case scenario. I realize this may all be confusing but I never do more than is needed and the clock always stays original, as sent to me, or I refuse the work. Here's some possible scenarios if you send the entire clock: H3-rotor rebuilding $100.00 Labor $50.00 Shipping via UPS ground $50.00 maybe $30.00 Total $200.00 All aluminum "H" rotors are replacement rotors. Meaning that they were manufactured after your clock was made in order to save production costs on replacements. If your "H" rotor is aluminum and I use a copper and nickel from my inventory. H3-rotor rebuilding $100.00 Using the copper and nickel rotor from my inventory $50.00 Labor $50.00 Shipping via UPS ground $50.00 maybe $30.00 Total $250.00 B2-rotor rebuilding $150.00 Labor $50.00 Shipping via UPS ground $50.00 maybe $30.00 Total $250.00
If a coil is needed then add $125.00 to each of the above. This is rare. If the movement needs rebuilding then add $300.00 to each the above and expedited service adds double. A movement overhaul is very rare.
One more possibility is that you have the last production run of the time only clock and here the "S" rotor was used. In that case you're looking at: S-rotor replacement $50.00 Labor $50.00 Shipping via UPS ground $50.00 maybe $30.00 Total $150.00 When you send the entire clock a new electric cord and plug is included, if needed, with the color choices of clear, black, white, or brown and in the length of your choice.
Please do not send any money or check with the clock. However, if you are sending a Telechron rotor only, prepayment is always welcomed because of the relatively short turn around time. I would like payment by money order, certified check, personal check, business check, or through Pay Pal or Square, which is the only way I take credit cards. I do prefer a check over Pay Pal or Square because Pay Pal and Square take 3%. The 3% is added to the total bill if you use a credit card. With either Pay Pal or Square, I will send an invoice to your E-mail address. Here you are dealing directly with either service and not me. You do not have to be a member of Pay Pal or Square in order to issue a payment but the 3% will be added to your total bill. All of the added fees are exactly what either service charges me for taking your credit card.
Respectfully, Michael P. Murray Memberships Include: National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors An Internet private E-mailing list called Clocksmiths N.A.W.C.C. National 400-day Clock Chapter # 168 A service from, E-mail address: Mike@telechron.us Mike Murray Founder of Clocksmiths A specialist in Atmos and 400-day clock repair. Also, I overhaul most plug in electric clocks. In continuous service since 04/01/1982. Mike's Clock Clinic Memberships: Clocksmiths & NAWCC 1600 Maryland Avenue Myrtle Point, OR 97458-1508 Phone: 541-559-1090 My main Web site is located at http://www.atmosman.com/ Main FTP site is located at http://www.atmosman.com/earthpdf.html Memberships: Clocksmiths & NAWCC N.A.W.C.C. International 400-day Clock Chapter # 168 Published in Chapter 168's "Torsion Times" Published in AWCI's "Horological Times" Formally AWCI's 400-day (Anniversary) clock Bench Course Instructor!